Ohio to tout qualifications to UAS industry

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Ohio to tout qualifications to UAS industry

A group of Ohio experts in Unmanned Aerial Systems will tout what the state has to offer the industry during a international conference next week in Atlanta.

“There will be UAS stakeholders from around the globe at this conference,” said Maurice McDonald, Dayton Development Coalition Executive Vice President for Aerospace and Defense, in a statement. “And we want them to know one thing — that they should fly in Ohio.”

An Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International workforce study projects 2,700 Ohio jobs will be created in the UAS industry by 2025. Sinclair is investing $5 million to build a national UAS training and certification center in a renovated classroom building in downtown Dayton.

McDonald said Ohio – in keeping with its aviation history – is pioneering the industry and making pathways for organizations wanting to make gains in UAS.

“We’ve already developed a distinct track record as a state with the capabilities and know-how to get things done in UAS. Working with centers of excellence like our UAS Test Center and Complex, companies are securing certificates of authorization to fly around the state, and are able to fly today in the areas of precision agriculture, land survey, corrections, and even in the filmmaking industry, just to name a few,” McDonald said.

Three local companies have been granted permission by the Federal Aviation Administration to fly drones for business opportunities.

The state’s delegation will include state personnel, the UAS Center and Test Complex, SelectTech Services Corp, Sinclair Community College, Wright State Research Institute, Wilmington Air Park, Universal Technology Corporation and the Dayton Development Coaliton.

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